Wednesday, January 31, 2024

What Victim Is This DA Talking About Supporting?

 A 14 year old girl accused a doctor of masturbating while he was seated next to her on a plane back in 2022. She accused him of having his fly open and that he beat it until completion. Apparently shoe told no one on the aircraft, like the flight attendants but told her grandparents (whom she was traveling with) only after they got to the destination airport. He was arrested, charged criminally, indicted and subsequently was found not guilty during a bench trial. It has been reported that the flight attendants and other passengers near him did not notice him doing anything like what the girl had accused him of and one of the passengers included his fiancé who was seated next to him! The girl reportedly said something along the lines of: he had a blanket covering him and was bouncing his leg under it, the blanket slipped down and she saw his open fly and him allegedly doing the inappropriate deed.
This is among things the district attorney (possibly the knucklehead of the year) reportedly said after the trial: 
"Our office will remain steadfast in supporting victims, particularly minor children. It is critical that victims know they can come forward, and they will be heard and be fully supported by our office,” US Attorney Joshua Levy said."
For more info go to the source.
The problem with that statement is the defendant was found NOT GUILTY - so who was/is the victim!!! If he actually did not masturbate or expose himself or anything illegal amounting to a sexual crime, then it appears to me that she was either sadly and badly mistaken or that maybe for some unknown reason she knowingly filed a false report of a crime. If that was the case, she most definitely was not a victim. Additionally it seems that in fact, merely based upon the not guilty verdict, she was not a victim - at least not of a crime perpetrated by the defendant. The only victim I see here seems to me to be the guy who was accused. So, I must ask what the hell is the DA talking about when saying he "...will remain steadfast in supporting victims, particularly minor children". Where is his support of the man who, as I see it, evidently was wrongly accused but later found NOT GUILTY!!!
This man's life, relationships, career may possibly have been ruined irreparably because of something of which he was accused and for which he was prosecuted, I am guessing possibly by an overzealous prosecutor, but of which he was found not guilty. There can be a lot of long lasting poison in the pen, his whole life may be in shambles because of those unfounded allegations.

Of course, if the guy actually did it well my guess is he will get caught doing it again sooner or later but until that time such happens and he is actually convicted - he did no wrong under the law at least this time around. In my opinion, He needs to file a lawsuit seeking mega bucks but in my opinion mostly as a warning to prevent others from possibly making false allegations and to prevent DA's from filing charges when there seems to be zero reported physical evidence of said sex crime and only what appears to be a she said - he said type of a case.

All the best,
Glenn B

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Happy 91st Anniversary To, Well To - Who Was That Masked Man

Yes that was the question many asked: "Who was that masked man"! If you are as old as me or older, you know he was the Lone Ranger. As the legend goes, he was one of six Texas Rangers gunned down by outlaws but he survived. While he lay wounded, he was found by an Indian whom he had nursed to health years before. The Indian, named Tonto (first heard in episode 11 of the radio show - to give the ranger someone to talk to, to add dialogue), took the ranger to a cave and nursed him to health. When the ranger was well enough to ask what happened to his ranger commrades, Tonto showed him their graves and replied: "You only ranger left. You Lone Ranger". With that a legend was born.

From January 30, 1933 onward for about 20 years or so, starting long before television, there were over 3,000 radio shows featuring that masked man and his faithful companion Tonto. The Lone Ranger on his lightning fast steed Silver, firing silver bullets from his revolver and shouting out Hi-Yo Silver became an image branded into the minds of American youth beginning in September 1949 with the opening of the Lone Ranger television series. The Lone Ranger and Tonto were the original all American inter-racial crime fighting team.The series, starring Clayton Moore (for the great majority of TV episodes, he missed only one year when seeking better pay) and Jay Silverheels ran through 1957. (More at the source.)

It probably was my favorite television show when I was a youngster. My pre-teen young self never knew I was watching reruns (I may have watched before reruns but was too young to remember that) but it did  not matter. I was enchanted and enthralled, reruns or not. The Lone Ranger and Tonto likely had strong enough influence on me that decades later, I became a lawman, loved the West (where I worked during several months long details) and thus was lucky enough to live what I had dreamed of being when I was a child, just without a horse.

One of the most special things about the Lone Ranger was his partnership with Tonto, a native American. Most fiction and historical depictions of Indians at the time showed them as the bad guys or as hopeless wild and ruthless savages. Another thing that was very special was what the shows planted in the minds of children, a code of morality and ethics that is hard to beat. That was the Lone Ranger Creed. It would be a good thing to teach your children today in words and by living it yourselves no matter your race, creed or culture:

"I believe...

That to have a friend, a man must be one.

That all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world.

That God put the firewood there but that every man must gather and light it himself.

In being prepared physically, mentally, and morally to fight when necessary for that which is right.

That a man should make the most of what equipment he has.

That 'This government, of the people, by the people and for the people' shall live always.

That men should live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number.

That sooner or later ... somewhere ... somehow ... we must settle with the world and make payment for what we have taken.

That all things change but truth, and that truth alone, lives on forever.

In my Creator, my country, my fellow man." 

There was more to the Lone Ranger than his creed. The creators of the character set guidelines for his actions, these may not be as well known as his creed but I assure you that they put how Hollywood heroes are portrayed today to shame. These guidelines as to how he was to be portrayed would be an amazing find in a current fictional or even in a real hero today, they were:

The Lone Ranger is never shown without his mask or some sort of disguise.

With emphasis on logic, The Lone Ranger is never captured or held for any length of time by lawmen, avoiding his being unmasked.

At all times, The Lone Ranger uses perfect grammar and precise speech completely devoid of slang and colloquial phrases.

Whenever he has to use guns, The Lone Ranger never shoots to kill, but rather only to disarm his opponent as painlessly as possible.

Logically, too, The Lone Ranger never wins against hopeless odds; i.e., he is never seen escaping from a barrage of bullets merely by riding into the horizon.

Even though The Lone Ranger offers his aid to individuals or small groups, the ultimate objective of his story is to imply that their benefit is only a by-product of a greater achievement -- the development of the West or our Country. His adversaries are usually groups whose power is such that large areas are at stake.

All adversaries are American to avoid criticism from minority groups.

Names of unsympathetic characters are carefully chosen, avoiding the use of two names as much as possible to avoid even further vicarious association. More often than not, a single nickname is selected.

Criminals are never shown in unenviable positions of wealth or power, and they never appear as either successful or glamourous.

The Lone Ranger does not drink or smoke, and saloon scenes are usually interpreted as cafes with waiters and food instead of bartenders and liquor.(Source.)

That creed & those guidelines seem an impossibilty in a Hollywood, literary or even a real life idol or hero today and seem at best, difficult for any parent to attain. Yet, striving to fullfill at least most, if not all of them, would make for better parents, better kids and a better America.

To me, when I was a child, Clayton Moore was 'The Lone Ranger', in other words not an actor but a true hero. That has not changed much today because while I aam old enough now to understand the diffetence, it was Clayton Moore who brought the Lone Ranger to life and who instilled in me his creed and the desire to be like the Lone Ranger when I grew up. I had many other fictional and real life heros but none quite like him. There is nothing like living out your dreams and Clayton Moore, whose dream was to be portrayed as a hero in western films, knew it well, as can been when you read what he said: "Nothing is as thrilling as having a dream come true — and I enjoyed every minute of it.” (Source of the quote and more about Moore.) He wore the trademark white hat and black mask years after the series ended until a lawsuit by Hollywood scum made him cease doing it but in the mid 1980's he won an appeal and wore them again in many appearances. 


I wound up living out my dream too. I thank him for giving me a dream that eventually came true for me if only because of him actually being my childhood hero - The Lone Ranger. RIP sir!

All the best,

Glenn B

Friday, January 26, 2024

Biden Well On His Way To Causing A Civil War

 So, right now, as far as I am aware, there are two states out of the 50 that are prepared to protect our southern border and Biden is talking tough guy balderdash and doing nothing to protect our country from the invasion of millions of illegal aliens consisting of a slew of criminals like drug smugglers, rapists, child molesters and terrorists. Sure most of them may be nice guys (and yes the great majority are men) but then again they may not be nice at all but for sure there have been at least thousands of not so nice criminals who have entered across our southern border illegally and no one knows what has come across the northern one.
 As per the Constitution of the United States of America, the president is responsible for protecting the borders but when he fails at that Constitutional Duty - the states may take over that duty to protect our borders. The to states doing something worthy of merit are Texas and now South Dakota by way of South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem saying she will supply barbed wire to Texas should the border patrol keep cutting it on the order of Biden(more at the source). That man is destroying everything about our once great nation by: opening up the borders, totally screwing up the economy, causing our national debt to soar to inexcusable heights, making us energy dependent for oil, weakening our military by all the munitions he has doled out to Ukraine & probably now to Israel as well), disregarding the sovereignty of our country by allowing criminals to cross our borders unimpeded (and when I say criminals in the context of this sentence I mean each and every alien who has crossed the border illegally because doing so is a crime regardless if Biden ignores the law),  his disregard for the Bill of Rights - especially the 2nd Amendment, and on and on. Damn he is even trying to be the king of kitchen appliances. Of course he and his lackeys are doing everything they can think of, (short of an assassination attempt - so far) to prevent Donal Trump from winning the 2024 election by attempting to get him off the ballot completely so he cannot run.Yes I think Biden thinks he is king.

The thing is kings are not allowed to rule in this country and I think if he keeps pushing executive orders that restrict our rights & liberties and if he continues to disregard the Constitution then many of the states will defy him and sooner or later he may decide to go to war against those states. It would not surprise me. I hope it does not come to what it seems Biden is hoping for, Americans killing brother & sister Americans but only time will tell.

All the best,
Glenn B

Thursday, January 25, 2024

This Song Is About What Will HAppen Sooner Or Later - I've Been Expecting It Since The Late 1950s Or Early 60s!

Le's face it: government officials  - well - bureaucrats. their bosses and military leaders - in general for the most part - can be true huge or even total arsehats. They are virtually  always & primarily thinking only of the next election result or the next appointment, with the results coming at any cost - a cost like our lives about which they could not care less.
The end may well come just like it almost does in this song:

I do not know if the song translates exactly from German to English,  in fact I know it does not but the German version sounds better to me (then again the English version is not bad at all, just sounds better in deutsche):

Of course, in that song we wind up lucky in the end because it was all a dream of hers (I hope) but what about if it happens in real life? Sadly, while one song sounds better than the other due to language - the outcome would be terribly the same no matter how it is sung if it really happens and someone of high authority, in any nuclear country, thinks it is a real threat.
By the way, Nena was one hot babe! I'd gladly spend the post-apocalypse with the likes of her.

All the best,
Glenn B

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Trump Won New Hampshire According to OANN

 So OANN says Trump has won in NH (more at the source). I hope they got it right because I could not imagine having that RINO Haley as president should she somehow win the Rebooblican nomination. . She has lied about not running against President Trump, about not raising taxes yet now wants at least an additional ten percent tax on gasoline, called Red China an enemy then changed it to an ally, said that all users of social media must by fully identified I (where are your papers comes to mind) before using the same,  and there are other inconsistencies. She is nothing more than a liberal/leftist as I see her. I will only give her this, she came closer to Trump in NH than I expected but then the state of NH is full of leftists, socialists, hippies and other liberals despite having decent gun laws for a state in the northeast USA.
Congratulations Mr. President.
All the best,
Glenn B

Sunday, January 21, 2024

Open Carry Or Concealed

The below was was my reply to a thread in a gun forum about open carry in Texas. Some folks believe there is no risk involved with open carry, I disagree strongly:
'I have rarely seen people open carry. While I live in AR now, I am in Texas every day as I live in a border city. The first guy I saw open carrying in TX as best I can recall, literally swaggered into whatever store I was in with his strong hand and arm so far out from his body it could only have been because he was showing off. I guarantee he would have made an easy target for a gun takeaway. Other than him, I have seen very few folks open carry other than uniformed law enforcement. There is one local guy here that I see often at the dog park. He wears a total piece of crap nylon holster that hangs at an odd angle, my guess is that if someone grabbed the holster and tugged hard the whole thing would rip off of his belt. I can only imagine he wears it like that to show it off trying to be tacticool.

As for me I rarely open carry; about the only time I do so is when going out to my car fast to grab something and I don't put on a shirt or jacket to cover it and when I go hunting (which has not been for a while). You can, of course, do as you please but I believe open carry is asking for trouble. While you may think there may have been zero problems to date, that is not factual, takeaways happen from open carriers. In addition, sooner or later there will be someone else who has his or her gun grabbed by a bad guy or a group of bad guys or a guy who gets shot during a crime merely because the bad guy saw the handgun. I see no reason to tempt fate.

Of course, some folks have to open carry. They are mostly police officers or others in law enforcement who are in uniform. They probably amount, by far, to the greatest number of people who open carry. They have their guns taken away and are shot by their own guns all too often. That is why LE concealable body armor is usually required to be at least able to stop the handgun rounds that the officers in any given department are carrying.

While some walk around with their heads in a cloud thinking no one will ever take my gun away from me, stuff like that happens to those carrying openly. Mostly it seems to LE officers but then again that is likely because they are the ones who make up most of the folks who open carry. Here are a few links to and a video of some examples of gun takeaways from people open carrying:

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I have had to fight for my life in two instances of bad guys (all illegal aliens) trying to take away my handgun. Luckily I survived both but during one where multiple assailants were trying to get my gun my sternum and my zyphoid process were fractured; in the other the bad guy bit my left bicep and I still bear the scar about 40 years later. In that second one I mentioned, the bad guy had my gun half way out of my holster but due to good training in retention I was able to retain and keep control of it. Thank goodness an Immigration Inspector in the port of entry and a Sheriff's officer came to my assistance while several Customs & Immigration Inspectors just watched me battling the guy and trying to hang onto my revolver. The illegal alien was built like Charles Bronson in his prime and I was a skinny 155 lbs when soaking wet. I also had a homeless bum approach me in a parking lot in AZ after the wind blew my jacket up and he saw my pistol. He approached me saying something like so you have a pistol. He started to come at me, put his arms out in front of him, then started moving faster toward me as if he was going to grab for it. He was probably 20 or 25 years younger than me. I took a defensive posture getting my car in between him and me and placed my hand on the grips. When I told him if he took one more step I'd open fire, he stopped; it took a moment more to convince him that I was dead serious.  He ran away. I reported it to the police who as far as I am aware did nothing. My pistol was probably in open view during that encounter for less than 2 seconds but criminals are opportunists and he started to act on what he thought was an opportunity. I was in my mid fifties at that time, I guess he was in his young to mid twenties; he must have thought me an easy mark but soon realized he had guessed wrong. While no one may ever try to take your gun away from you, the truth is you raise the risk of a takeaway or of you being shot during the commission of a crime by displaying it openly. You can choose for yourself, I choose to carry concealed and believe me I try to be more aware of the wind ever since the incident in AZ.
All the best,
Glenn B

Saturday, January 20, 2024

Beaten To Death As Bystanders Merely Watched Him Be Killed

 A man, who as delivering firewood to a house, was beaten to death by a naked man who had grabbed a piece of the firewood to use as a weapon and then attacked the victim. Another man, apparently the resident of the home, reportedly ran away and into his house after also being attacked but did little more, if anything, to help, than remain inside the house and call 911 (more at the source). 

So, I am left wondering: 

What in hell happened to all the Texans with firearms? Then again, what happened to the balls of any of the witnesses. The guy who was getting the delivery, if I understand correctly, ran away and hid in his house. What do you think he reportedly said was he all he could do: "...could only watch as Omondi continued beating Jackson with firewood repeatedly" . NO that was NOT the only thing he could have done, even had he been injured by the attacker. As I see it, unless he had been severely injured and close to completely incapacitated (for his conscience's sake, I hope that was why he remained inside), what he did was the only thing that in my opinion a coward would have done. So what else could he have done if not badly incapacitated: he could have stayed outside and grabbed a piece of firewood to arm himself and at least try to save the victim. Okay, he was under attack, so he ran into his house and called 911. Then what could he have done once inside? If he had had one: he could have grabbed his gun or a knife or a baseball bat, or a hammer, or a pry bar or any weapon in the house or outside the house - damn even the garden hose on full blast; then go to confront the killer to try to stop the assault. Instead he  apparently chose to stay inside and a man died a senseless death. Other so called witnesses watched but apparently did nothing physical to actually end the assault. I believe, he died because of the killer who attacked him but I also believe his life was not saved because of the inaction of those who did nothing to help the him. I firmly believe they could quite possibly have prevented his death and saved his life. Yet they all seemingly chose only to watch as he was beaten to death or maybe some called 911. Folks, the police are not likely going to get there in time to save the day unless by some miracle a police car was down the block right when the call came in; sometimes it is up to you to do more than watch and be a witness.
I could see myself maybe not stepping into it, meaning not getting into a hand to hand fight as I am kind of old and fairly infirm due to severe arthritis but I doubt that. I certainly could not see myself standing by doing nothing. Shooting the bad guy, if there was a clear shot immediately comes to mind. If the bad guy was too close to the victim to get a clear shot at the bad guy, then heck even a warning shot into the ground to get his attention would probably have been better than nothing, then shoot him if he threatens or engages with you. No gun or other weapon - then there also was the option of grabbing the weapons at hand - a piece of the firewood and bashing the bad guys brains out from behind with it. At the very least I think I'd urge other onlookers to join me in trying to save the victim, there is strength in numbers & unity. Then again, because of years of training and getting into violent altercations when I was a LEO, I may have just dived right into the fray despite my arthritis. I cannot say with absolute certainty what it would have been that I would have done but I'll be damned if I am not sure it would have been more than anyone else seems to have done. 

Why do people essentially do nothing??? I detest the fact that way too many people do nothing in such an instance and pray I never turn into one of them. I think I'd blame and hate myself for that man's demise had I been there and done virtually nothing to try to help him. RIP.
All the best,
Glenn B

Friday, January 19, 2024

Something Of Interest For The Beretta 92FS Owner


That is quite the informative chart regarding the Beretta 92 series of pistols. Credit for that evidently goes to Lucky Gunner. As for copyright, if there is one, and being I am a certified firearms instructor, this is being freely used solely for educational purposes to educate my readers, some of who are interested in learning about firearms in general and others who specifically may desire to learn about the Beretta 92 series pistols.

 All the best,

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Something Of Interest For The Colt Detective Special Owner

 If you have been reading my blog for a good amount of time, you probably noticed a post or two about my two Colt Detective Special revolvers - one current and one that I sold. I love the one I have now; I kind of sort of, definitely liked them a lot during my time in the Border Patrol. Wanted one badly but never got around to buying one until I bid on one at a live in person auction at the Hessney Auction Co.'s auction-house in Geneva, NY back in February 2018. That one burned just a couple of dollars less than $385.00 out of my pocket. It happened to be the first issue (version) as later authenticated by the Colt Archives and I think from the very first year of production as I recall. Great price you'd think. The thing is it was nice in every regard excepting one. Someone had ground down the front sight thus making it nearly useless for aimed shots at much passed 10 yards or 15 yards. Well, there was one other thing about it that was no so grand, actually something that was more about me than it. I had been the boob to buy it at an auction after examining it but never noticing the front sight issue! So, once I realized my blunder, I sold it and luckily it sold for only a fairly minor loss; well I lost out totally when getting that archive letter from Colt - that added $75.00 or so to the cost of it on the whole. Anyway I informed the buyer about the front sight and she did not give a hoot because it was still a great price for her and was supposedly going to be a gift for her son. She by the way was a dealer at a gun show wherein I sold it. Sadly, later that night, it turned out that - Once upon a midnight dreary, as I pondered weak and weary over many quaint and curious sale of guns of lore (my apologies to one of the greatest writers of all time Edgar Allan Poe) - I suffered seller's remorse. That was regardless of me doing okay by getting rid of it at only a small loss. Things wound up, as they often do, resulting in me  not seeing another nice one at a decent price for quite a while after selling that one.Thus the seller's remorse got worse as time went on but the fire was still burning in my psyche and I knew I'd someday have another. Let me add, with more apologies to Edgar Allan Poe, I had no fear that: On the morrow my desire will leave me, as my Hopes have flown before; and lucky for me there was no Raven to quoth who told me Nevermore. Believe me, I am at the age now at which I have missed lots of things in life wherein the Raven has or would have spoken the word Nevermore - opportunities lost mostly and dear friends gone to whatever comes, if anything, after life.

Then, in September 2023, I picked up another Detective Special from the same auction house, that time via an online auction. The second one looked really fine in the auction photos but they are sometimes not that clear. So, as I usually do, I also inquired of Joe Hessney, the auctioneer, as to the condition. He told me it looked like new and maybe was unfired. (At Hessney they only list a gun as unfired when they know it is new, as I understand; so, even though not listed as unfired, Joe told me it looked to be possible.) When I ran the serial number through the Colt serial number lookup, I was delighted to find out it was the 2nd issue and was manufactured in 1955. 

So, it coincidentally was a second issue of the original one I had had (which was a first issue & first year gun) and it had been manufactured in 1955. Therein those numbers though,  "2nd" issue and "1955" was/is a greater coincidence than my 2nd one being a 2nd version. You see, I am the 2nd son/child in my family and I was born in 1955. You could have safely bet, back when I first saw it up for auction, that I'd bid more than it was worth to get it if necessary. I wanted to kill that seller's remorse over the first one and snuff out the desire to get another. That was especially true after hat Joe had told me about its condition. So I bid on it and when bidding was over I paid for it. 

It cost me a $650 bid, a 13% buyer's premium on top of the bid and about $60.00 to have it shipped and get an FFL holder to transfer it my hands as mine. It felt like this, and again my apologies again to Poe who is one of my favorite authors and the creator of the modern detective story. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories came about 4.5 decades later and I think definitely were spawned & strongly influenced by Poe's detective C. Auguste Dupin who first appeared in The Murders in theMorgue, The Mystery of Marie Roget and The Purloined Letter. If you like mysteries, detective stories and especially Shelock Holmes stories but have never read any of these by EAP - all I can say is read them. There are many works of Edgar Allan Poe that are great works of literature but I consider his detective stories among his very best works of prose if not his very best among all of his literary works.

I have digressed so, allow me to continue with the Colt Detective Special.The total was just under $800.00 - quite a lot more than the first one I had bought. Still it was not a bad price and I'd bet C. Auguste Dupin would have carried one at any price. Out of a total of five 2nd issue Detective Specials, that have sold on GunBroker over the past year (I checked as writing this), the low price was $545.00 for a nickel model that looked really nice and the high price was $1,425.00 for a blued version, one that probably had been fired judging by a slight cylinder ring evident in its photos and I do mean slight but it definitely was present. The average sales price of all five was $812.80 - very close to the total I paid at just under $800 shipped and including FFL transfer. Those sold on GunBroker would also add shipping and an FFL fee unless the buyer as an FFL holder and did not have to pay the transfer fee. Either way the average price probably went up around $40 when you add shipping. While my deal was not great, it was very close to average sales price or so it seems.

With it and me both being 2nd sons & having been born in the same year (so to speak), can you fault me for paying as much as I did! I certainly cannot fault myself. I have zero buyer's remorse, in fact, I am quite happy with it. I have taken it to the range and it shoots liked it is enchanted - it could be a real zombie, orangutan (read those Poe detective mysteries to see why I included an ape) or  criminal dirtbag  (of course only in legal self-defense or legal defense of another situations). It's a blast at the range to say the least.  

Liking it as I do, I still will readily admit, I only know a little about Colt Detective Specials but I do know they were the spawn of the Police Positive Special and with their barrel cut down to 2" from the 4" barrel, the shortest of the Police Positive models,  Colt decided to give them the new & innovative name of Detective Special. They were a huge hit immediately once they became available and were referred to as "the cop gun" because so many officers & detectives had them. They have gone through several changes over the years; mostly all I know about the changes is that decades ago there were some major changes with a larger grip longer and ramped front sight, shrouded ejector and so on and there were also earlier changes to it when evolving from the 1st issue to the 2nd issue. I kind of like those older ones better than the latest issue, maybe because I am old and nostalgic about them but also because there is an aura, a mystique, about them after seeing them used in films noir and in TV detective series of my childhood like Mannix. Damn, just seeing them for sale and wanting one but never at a price I was willing or able to pay drove me crazy. Well except for the great deal like I'd gotten on my first one but then again, now we all know why that one was such a deal

Speaking of what we now know, do you know a lot about the Colt Detective Special? That is if you already own one or more or otherwise have an interest in them even if you don't own one. If you do own one or are possibly interested in finding one to purchase or barter with for yourself, or are simply interested in the history of revolvers - you may want to read the article that can be found via this link. The article quite aptly is simply named Detective Special and the site on which it appears is Colt Fever. com. I'd never heard of the article or the site until this evening when reading a post in Texas Gun Talk (an online firearms forum). I am happy that I read the relative post because now I know about the article. I read a bit of the article so far and must say it looked interesting & informative enough to make me realize I should pass on information about it so others could gain from the knowledge it seemingly has to share. Just in case the above link does not work for you, here is the web address in case you need to copy & paste it: 

Enjoy the article: Detective Special and enjoy the works of Edgar Allan Poe, especially those three detective stories. Sadly he wrote no more of them before he was Nevermore.

All the best,
Glenn B

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Fox News - Who Else Is Sick of...

 ...having to enter your email address, then needing to check your email to log into Fox, before you can read article they have selected to require entering it? I am a registered user of Fox New but even if I am signed on to it, Fox is requiring me (and I suppose everyone else) to enter your email address, then wait for an email, then sign onto Fox from a link in the email before you are allowed to read many articles on their site. Their site for them to do as they please but if this continues they will  be losing me as a reader because it is my time to do as I please and it does not please me to have to enter my email address and log in from my email when I want to read an article. They sometimes, though not usually, have required it over and over again during a single session on their site. So sometimes I enter my email, log into my email and sign in via the link they sent me, then I get to read the article, read a few more and suddenly I have found find myself at yet another article again requiring me to do it all over again to read that new one. Kind of a pain in the butt. The last time I checked: One America News Network does not require any such ridiculous nonsense. This is more or less how it looks:

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As I said, even if I am logged in to my Fox account, it has required me to do so. I sent Fox an inquiry about this about a week or maybe two weeks ago or so. They have not replied. Add to their lack of respect by not replying in addition to nonsense reporting IMO and they have become much more like the National Enquirer or The Star of years gone by with the content of some of the articles they somehow believe news worthy. How many times Taylor Swift - that in my opinion mediocre voiced singer who looks to me like a busty hormonal 12 year old - (I wonder, is that why men go gaga over her because they think she looks like she is a sexed up 12 year old) - goes to a football game is not my cup of tea. Likewise how many times Fox reports on 'Am I The Asshole' reports (or whatever they are called) from Reddit is just trash reporting as far as I am concerned. I mean does anyone of even slight intelligence think that content from AITAH is really worthy of being national news when, for instance, someone asking if she is the A-hole essentially because she wants to model underwear and her husband is against it, see it here! I would not hesitate to guess there are much more important things to report about in the news. Of course, I also figure: yes it is newsworthy but only for the Mud Slinging Media, the likes CNN or MSNBC or for The National Enquirer as I see it. Most certainly, it is not suitable for what Fox once was - which was my favorite source of actually important & news worthy stories.

All the best,4
Glenn B

Sunday, January 14, 2024

The Honeymooners - Now They Are All Gone & All Missed

 Joyce Randolph, who played Trixie Norton on the classic workingman's comedy The Honeymooners, has passed onto the great beyond at age 99. Jackie Gleason who played Ralph Kramden, Art Carney who played Ed Norton and arguably my all time favorite TV wife Alice Kramden who was played by Audrey Meadows all preceded her.

The cast of "The Honeymooners," Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows, and Joyce Randolph appear in a still from the show.
That is Joyce Randolph to the viewers right.

 The Honeymooners (the actual TV show, not including the shorts from the Jackie Gleason show that started it all)  is truly a timeless classic. If humanity survives another thousand years and still has something akin to television, then people will watch reruns of The Honeymooners at least that far into and likely further than that into the future. If you are too young to know what I mean or just have never seen it, search out the show online or on cable to see if you can watch it. It was unbelievably only a one season show in 1955 and consisted of 39 weekly episodes; seasons actually went from September or October through May or June back then. 

It is as funny as anything I have ever watched on TV, and in fact funnier than 99.9% of all other comedies ever in my opinion. It is hard to believe they cancelled it and I do not hesitate to guess that the network, producers and cast all regretted it was cancelled based on how long it's been making folks laugh. Damn, it is as old as me and that's not young. 

Note, the first few or several episodes (known as the lost episodes) had a different actress portray Alice. She in no way compared to Audrey Meadows, not to say she was not a good actress - they just were two very different types in character as Alice. Either would have made the show funny, but the ultimate cast of Gleason, Meadows, Carney and Randolph made it not only hilarious but immortal as well.

My condolences to the family, loved ones, friends and fans of Joyce Randolph. RIP.

All the best,
Glenn B

While I Am THE Great Procrastinator - I Do Somethings Pretty Fast

So there I was, on Sunday December 31 (New Year's eve) stating that I was making a New Year resolution to not purchase one gun, one box of ammo and such during the upcoming new year. Then, just last weekend on Sunday when at a gun show in Texarkana, AR, I purchased a brand new Ruger Mark IV pistol. Got it at a better in my hands price than I saw on So my resolution has gone down the crapper in only seven days! going down the crapper is as have 99.9 % of my other ones in the past. Oh well, there is always next year.

All the best,
Glenn B

Thursday, January 11, 2024

Undoubtedly Good Advice For Our Citizens As Well... those in Sweden, who received notice from their civil defense minister to prepare for war.

"For a nation for whom peace has been a pleasant companion for almost 210 years, the idea that it is an immoveable constant is conveniently close at hand," Swedish Civil Defense Minister Carl-Oskar Bohlin said..."

"But taking comfort in this conclusion has become more dangerous than it has been for a very long time"

 "Many have said it before me, but let me do so in an official capacity, more plainly and with naked clarity: There could be war in Sweden."

More at the source.

So the Swedes reportedly have gone berserk buying everything imaginable, to make preparations for war, clearing the shelves in some stores. Sounds like the bread, eggs and milk buyers here at home when a snowstorm or hurricane is approaching. I think everyone should have a decent level of preparedness meaning at least a months supply of food and water (or water filters). I have my own, and a bunch for my dog (time to get more canned and dry foods for her), I don't really know how long it could last us but I figure at the very least a month - probably a good deal longer like two or three. Of course, I also have some medical supplies, probably not near enough of them but some. In addition I have personal protective gear like gas masks & filters (20 year expiration masks are my latest), full body protective suits, gloves. Then there is the other stuff like: compasses, batteries, candles, plenty of matches, fire-starters, water purification straws, tools, knives, guns & ammo, gun maintenance supplies, gold & silver bullion, a grab & go bag in the event I've gotta get out of here fast, and so on.

I never wanted to be a boy scout, especially after getting kicked out of Cub Scouts (bit of a problem child was I) but I have almost always liked their motto: "Be prepared".

There is wisdom in those two words - lots of it. What they do not mention is that the time to prepare usually is long before you need the things that are necessary to achieve being prepared.

 All the best,
 Glenn B


Monday, January 8, 2024

It's Amazing How Long Someone Can Be Wrong About Memories And Observations And Such

 Recently, I was reading about cells and the word chromosomes was in what I was reading. I was surprised, even somewhat amazed about how it was spelled, that for all of my life since I first heard that word, I al3ways thought it was chromosones. It is what I heard every time I heard it mentioned, now has me wondering if that is the way I read it too. I guess it's kind of like folks remembering the peanut butter brand name of Jif (the actual name of the PB) as Jiff or as Jiffy (Jiffy is or was actually a baking mix). Makes me wonder what other things I have gone through life saying, spelling, believing in - that I have had wrong. I remember when I was a kid I thought government was goverment (now I think the more appropriate spelling should be gooberment) and that Wednesday was Wedsday (funny me missing an N each time). I also recall one day when in my early 20s when I noticed a tree that I previously had walked by literally hundreds, if not thousands of times, suddenly appeared very different than I remembered ever having seeing it. In fact I almost walked into part of it leaning over the sidewalk.That day its trunk was bent (it was a very noticeable bend pretty much impossible to not notice it). Damn, to this day I remember clearly it had not been bent before that day; yet, there was nothing to indicate it had been damaged to cause the bend. So, I guess it must have always been bent but for some reason my memory of it was off kilter. Just some weird stuff there. 

All the best,
Glenn B

Monday, January 1, 2024

Ruger Mark II Assembly

On August 19, 2012, I posted a YouTube video about how to assemble a very popular yet PITA (pain in the arse) to assemble gun. That is none other than what may be the most difficult pistol to assemble that I have ever owned - the Ruger Mark II.  Evidently, I am not the only one who thinks it to be a PITA to put back together; there have been 66,141 views of that video since it was first posted 11 years and about 5 months ago. In fact so many folks have complained about said assembly difficulty that I strongly believe that: Even had all the kings horses and all the kings men been adept enough to have put Humpty Dumpty back together again - I think they would have trouble doing the same with the Ruger Mark II. 
I am amazed, I am still receiving requests for info about how to get it put back together again, receiving a request for help just a few days ago. I replied and hope my reply was the info the guy needed to get his together again. It's a little uncomfortable for me to give anyone instructions when I do not have the gun in hand and mine are secured away from my home right now. So, I looked at the part of the video about securing the bolt stop pin which is the part he could not get back held in place properly - that, by the way, seems to be one of the most common problems with this pistol. I told him to watch that part of the video and let me know if it works when he tries it. Keeping my fingers crossed.
If you are having problems with getting your Ruger Mark II assembled try following the instructions in my video:  

All the best,
Glenn B

So I Asked My Magic 8 Ball...

 "Magic 8 Ball will it be a good year for me"? The answer was most pleasing as it answered this:

"It is certain".

I am happy is said so and thus has assured me of a good year to come. Do you think that to be nutty, crazy, delusional or somehow unstable of me? If so, let me say this: If someone can believe that he can have his penis cut off and suddenly be transformed into a woman and not be considered (heck - not actually be) delusional; then I can believe that my Magic 8 Ball is infallible, especially when it gives me the answers for which I am hoping! That most certainly must be better than me cutting off my own pee-pee.
Proof already beginning to show itself: just felt a fart coming on and as soon as I felt it coming on I wondered wet or dry and should I go sit on the throne. Yes I did run to it and good for me because, IMO, it was much the same consistency of Hershey's syrup (no offense to Hershey's Co. or Hershey's syrup).😂 So you see, my Magic 8 Ball was right. Please note, you may or may not achieve the same amount of satisfaction from your own or from another person's Magic 8 Ball.

Happy New Year,
Glenn  B